Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz
04:40, May 10, 2017
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For Golden State, the games mostly haven't been close.
The way this semifinal is playing out, it appears that the Eastern Conference Finals won't begin until May 16 or 17 - which means Cleveland will have had more than a week's worth of rest.
There's no need to hate on their success, just admire what we're witnessing over the past 3 years and let's get ready for Round 3.
Starting strong is Golden State's trademark in the postseason. The scariest part for everyone going up against them is their intersection of combining the forces of a healthy 73-win regular season team with the best two-way 7-foot generational wing at the same time.
Not there, yet, the Jazz players - and everyone around them - have big intentions for what lies ahead. Utah has not been blown out of the water by any stretch of the imagination.
Still, for a guy who hasn't been playing at all, his performance in Game 4 was pretty encouraging. In these particular situations, Durant scored 17 of his 38 points, including nine points in the final six minutes. The Michigan State product's tweener status resulted in him falling to the Warriors in the second round as the 35th overall selection. And the constant talk of attractive ball movement and gorgeous jump shots can be shouted down a bit by the noise the Warriors make on the other end of the court.
Durant and Green, though, are more bored with the "playoffs are boring" narrative as shown by their response in the post-game press conference after their Game 4 win over the Jazz.
Golden State is a ticking time bomb. Thus, KD was able to just stay within the flow of the game and did not have to dominate as much as he did in Game 3.
That's certainly one way to look at the quality of your competition that didn't grab its first lead in the series until the second half of game three. Exum ignited the run with a finger-roll layup on the final Jazz possession of the first quarter. Golden State added another 9-0 run early in the third quarter and a 12-0 run late in the third quarter into the fourth quarter. That included a 40-point outing in Game 3 against the Clippers, buoyed by a 21-point first quarter, a franchise record for points in any postseason quarter.
Curry picked up right where he left off after an 11-point fourth quarter in Game 3 with a 14-point first quarter. The Warriors will either be facing the Rockets, who employ James Harden, one of the few players capable of stealing away a game from Golden State all by himself, or the Spurs, who history tells us to never count out.
As for the Cavaliers, they've also won eight straight playoff games, with sweeps of the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors in the first two rounds. "We knew what the game plan was and executed that game plan". They now lead the series 3-0. This update includes the Cavaliers' win on Sunday in this situational spot.